Demonstrators rallied at Central Park Saturday to demand reform to the city's animal shelters.
Animal rights' activists gathered to call attention to the conditions at Animal Care Centers of New York, accusing them of maintaining unhealthy conditions for shelter animals.
Protestors say animals often get diseases inside shelters and are too easily put down.
"They're going in healthy," one protester said. "They're contacting disease and they're dying. If they don't die, then they're put on a kill-list. Very few ever make it out and we want to change that."
"They need to do what they need to do to make sure that these animals are taken care of," said another. "There are animals that are getting sick because they're putting animals right next to sick animals, now they're developing pneumonia."
"They call themselves animal care and control but these animals are just thrown in a cage and left to suffer," said a third.
We have reached out to the ACC for comment.
It says its shelters took in more than 36,000 animals last year.